Located about 10 miles from the town of Woodland Park, Colorado, Meadow Ridge Campground is pleasantly situated on a ridge above the Rampart Reservoir. Here, campers have access to prime fishing and mountain biking and hiking trails. The campground is in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, due north of the popular Pikes Peak. The peak has an altitude of 14,110 feet and was first climbed in 1820. Its claim to fame is that it is America's easternmost peak over 14,000 feet.
Rainbow and mackinaw trout are plentiful in the renowned fishing reservoir and hikers enjoy the trails in the area. Rampart Reservoir Trail and Nichols Reservoir Trail are both worth exploring. Rampart Reservoir Trail extends for 14 miles and is open to mountain biking.
Most campsites are nicely shaded with a grassy understory, and have limited privacy from other sites. Drinking water, picnic tables, campfire rings and two accessible vault toilets are provided for campers. At sites 6,7,10,14,16 and 18, the picnic table and campfire ring are below the road, and steps must be used to reach them. Firewood can be purchased onsite.
Sitting in a ponderosa pine forest at 9,200 feet, the 19-site campground overlooks the Rampart Reservoir. The surrounding terrain includes a mix of grass meadows, spruce, Douglas fir and aspen.
Take the kids on a tour of the U.S. Air Force Academy or explore the quaint town of Green Mountain Falls. While there, ask the locals about the place they nicknamed Kermit the Frog Mountain.
ADA Access: N
The campground is very clean, sites can be reserved in advance or are first come if a reservation hasn't been made. There are plenty of areas to camp alongside the road on the drive in if you don't have a reservation and the campground is full. This campground will be closed at the end of September 2020. Each campsite is a little different than the next, but they all have a gravel tent pad, table, fire ring, and pole to hang lanterns or trash. The campground has vault toilets and a dumpster. There is a trailhead to the lake, lots of mountain biking, and very clean.
This small campground has a lot of charm. Nested among pine and aspen trees there is many activities to choose from. The bathrooms are well kept and the host is very helpful. There is a trial that goes to the reservoir and the spots are great for an RV or a few tents.
This is a beautiful area and close to Colorado Springs/Denver. Nice space with trees and facilities. I do wish the water was a little closer. The walk was rough and steep especially for the small humans. We went mid June and it was very cloudy, cold, and wet but we had fun anyway!